My Debate on “Sola Scriptura” with a Protestant


While most of America celebrates Halloween on October 31, a growing number of Protestants celebrate “Reformation Day,” the 497th anniversary of when Martin Luther allegedly nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg cathedral. The act is generally considered to have sparked the Protestant Reformation.

To mark the occasion, I participated in a two-hour radio debate last Thursday on the topic of “sola Scriptura” (aka “Bible alone”), which is one of the central dividing lines between Catholics and Protestants. The show was called “Theology Matters” and my dialogue partner was Michael Willenborg, a Protestant post-graduate seminarian.

The debate was lively and very charitable. Even though the host and my dialogue partner were both Protestants, I felt welcomed and fairly treated.

Listen to the full debate below, and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them in the comment box:


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After the debate, some friends asked for resources that provide clarity on why “sola Scripture” is untenable. Here are my favorites: